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    Be a part of our new Visiting Artist Immersion Workshops at the Worcester Art Museum! Study with regional artists in their chosen media and enhance your own artistic skill in a creative community environment. The immersions will focus on each artist's process of making art, and will serve as a conduit for networking for the art making professional and enthusiast.

    Join your local community of artists while you gain inspiration from some of our region's most accomplished artists in this unique learning experience.

    Create. Explore. Network.

    Preregistration is required.

    Ralph Masiello

    Visual Journal

    Saturday, April 5, 2014, 10am-4pm
    Cancelled - Sorry

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    Ralph was born, raised, and still resides in the state of Massachusetts where he lives with his daughters Alexa and Talia. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA, Illustration, 1985), Ralph has illustrated for magazines, newspapers and books, created posters and prints, and shown his fine art paintings in galleries throughout the world. Beginning with The Icky Bug Alphabet Book in 1986, Ralph has has become internationally known for the children's books he's written and illustrated. Since 1987, he has visited over 2,300 schools all over the world, inspiring children with his life story, humor, and art. While visiting schools, he is often inspired himself by the enthusiasm, creativity, and hard work of the students and teachers. This led him to create his unique “How to Draw” book series. The most recent, Ralph Masiello's Robot Drawing Book was released in July 2011 to rave reviews. In 2011, his work appeared in a strange and mysterious book called The Mystic Phyles: Beasts, which is the first in a series of books sure to become instant classics. Coming in Spring 2012 is the Ralph Masiello's Farm Drawing Book and Fall 2012 is the Ralph Masiello's Halloween Drawing Book.

    Elizabeth Ahern

    Connections: Master Painters and Contemporary Artists

    Saturday, April 12, 2014, 10am-4pm
    Cancelled - Sorry

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    Elizabeth Ahern

    Elizabeth DaCosta Ahern is a painter, printmaker, and art instructor. She has received many grants and awards, including the Massachusetts Artist Foundation Grant in painting, and a Kinnicutt Travel Grant. In 2010, invited by the U.S. Ambassador to Portugal to be a Visiting Artist, she traveled to the country and lectured at the University of Coimbra and the University of Porto. In 2006 she was invited to participate in the American Artists Abroad Program, traveling to Angola, where she taught a workshop at the Rangel Art School, met with many Angolan artists in a cultural exchange of ideas and methods, as well as having an exhibition of her paintings. Both programs were in association with related Art in Embassies exhibitions. Ahern has taught at the DeCordova Museum School, Worcester Art Museum, and Lesley University and has offered workshops in New Mexico and Greece. She exhibits her paintings in several galleries and has work placed in many corporate and private collections. A graduate of Boston University, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, she also studied in a Master Class with Helen Frankenthaler in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    Personal Statement
    “Painting for me is as necessary as breathing; as much an instinct as a delight. Images come from lembrança,* or memories of daily experiences from nature, poetry, music, culture and life. Contemplation, imagination and time may alter the memory of the experience. As I paint, I attempt to capture the essence and the ephemeral characteristics of the remembered sensation. The process of painting in layers gives me the opportunity to alter, to deepen or to extend the image as it shifts in my mind. I want to experience the lembrança of color, light and space of the experience.” *Lembrança in Portuguese means memory of remembrance.

    Major Accomplishments
    Ahern participated in ART in Embassies visiting artist's program in Luanda, Angola from June 12 through 16, 2006. Ahern appeared on a prominent cultural television program in which she participated in a live discussion about her visit and the broader cultural interaction between the United States and Angola. She also conducted workshops and exhibited her work at a local gallery.

    She has received many grants and awards, including the Massachusetts Artist Foundation Grant in painting, and a Kinnicutt Travel Grant.

    Ahern has taught at the DeCordova Museum School, Worcester Art Museum, and Lesley University and has offered workshops in New Mexico and Greece.

    Past Visiting Artists included:

    Kitty Wales

    Found Object Transformation

    Saturday, February 8, 2014, 10am - 4pm


    Kitty Wales was born in 1957. A graduate from Boston University in Sculpture and Art Education, she also holds a MFA from the University of Arizona. Wales is recognized in Massachusetts for her Pine Sharks at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln. She also has work in the permanent collections of the Duxbury Art Complex Museum, the New England Bio Lab in Beverly, Auburn Park in Cambridge, the Meditech Corporation, The Fuller Craft Museum, the South Shore Conservatory in Hingham, MA and the Fidelity Corporation in Boston, MA.

    Wales travels the world to observe animals in their natural habitats and then returns to her studio to interpret her experiences in a variety of media for sculpture and drawing. Represented by The New Era Gallery in Vinalhaven, ME, her work has been widely exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the US as well as in Paris. She has taught as a Professor of Sculpture and Drawing in Colleges and Universities throughout New England. She currently teaches sculpture at Boston University.

    Major Accomplishments
    Wales received both a BFA in Sculpture (1982) and a BFA in Art Education cum laude (1980) from Boston University. She is currently a lecturer at Boston University.

    She has lectured and taught since 1987 at prestigious schools and institutions including Boston University, Brandeis University, Peabody Essex Museum, and the Worcester Art Museum.

    In 2007, Wales was the first place award recipient from the Virginia A. Groot Foundation in Chicago Illinois. She also received a recognition grant from the Virginia A. Groot Foundation in 2005.

    She travelled to Long Island Bahamas to study the Caribbean Reef Shark on a research travel grant awarded by the Worcester Art Museum in 1995.

    Suzy Becker

    Big Author Little Artist / Big Artist Little Author
    Picture Book Making Workshop

    Sunday, March 23, 2014, 10am - 4pm

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    An author, artist and educator, Suzy Becker entered the world of books with what would become the internationally bestselling All I Need to Know I Learned from My Cat. She has since written and illustrated seven books including Manny's Cows, Books are for Eating Reading, and the memoir I Had Brain Surgery, What's Your Excuse? Her books, greeting cards and work in print and TV advertising have earned her numerous design and writing awards. Suzy also helped found and taught at the Parker School (one of the state's first charter schools). She has been leading children's picture book workshops at the museum since 2007. 

    Major Accomplishments
    In 1992, Becker was named New England Women Business Owners' youngest ever Woman of the Year.
    Becker was a 1993-1994 White House Fellow, a 1999-2000 Bunting Fellow, and she is a perennial finalist in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes.
    Before she was an author/illustrator, Suzy had a number of other jobs, including lemonade stand owner (age 7), telemarketer (age 15), and synthetic mohair factory worker (age 20). After she graduated from Brown University, she rode her bicycle from Oregon to Virginia and then she became a waitress and bartender. Suzy started a greeting card company when she was 25. She helped to start a charter school and she started her own HIV/AIDS bike-a-thon, which has raised over $1,000,000 for children and adults living with HIV/AIDS (11,000 times what her lemonade stand raised for UNICEF).